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Are prescription drugs harming your parents?

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In their new book, Armon B. Neel, Jr., and Bill Hogan explain what you need to know about your elderly parents’ (and your own) medications. Prepare to be shocked.

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The Midlife Gals explain it all for you

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They live in Hawaii now, but they’re still funny. Check. Them. Out.

Sisterhood is still powerful. Ooh is it powerful.

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by Maggie Cushman

When I picked up my two teenage daughters from school today, I mentioned an article I’d read in the New York Times about a study which found that adolescents who have sisters are less likely to feel “I am unhappy, sad or depressed,” or “I feel like no one loves me.”

Your bones: A user’s manual

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We all spend a lot of time worrying about skin and hair as we age, but if you’re over 40, it’s also time to think about those bones. The quality of your next half-life will …

DIY-TV: how to ditch your Dish

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Don’t get Mr. Fiftyshift started on the topic of television. For decades we had a  20 foot antenna that kept us in good stead. High in the western Massachusetts hills, we were able to pull …

The FiftyShifter gets dressed

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Expert Mary Lou Andre explains what to wear and how to wear it.

Time to choose your backyard chickens

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By B.J. Roche
We have had a small flock of chickens for several years now, and if I had known that the hobby would become so popular, I would have figured out a way to make …

Elder care and elder rage: Know the warning signs of Alzheimer’s

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by Jacqueline Marcell
For 11 years, I pleaded with my stubborn elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother. But after 55 years of marriage, he adamantly insisted on taking care …

Help? I Don’t Need Help…

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By Helene J. Powers
Why is it so hard for us to accept help? Or to offer it in a way that is well-received?
Those questions resonated powerfully during a recent Friends Indeedreading and discussion hosted by the Deacons of the First …

Caring for the brain injured

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UMass Journalism student Zach Gauvin has a tale to tell. He was injured in a car accident a few years ago, and lay in a coma for several weeks before beginning his long rehabilitation.
He’s now …

The Caregiving Conundrum

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By Helene J. Powers 

When I started blogging about caregiving, I had no idea how many more friends, acquaintances and family members would become caregivers, or need care for serious health issues themselves, during the past 12 months.
The number …

Heading to London? Try a little beach combing

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Beachcombing on the Thames: a Backdoor into London’s History
By B.J. Roche
 
The thing about traveling in your late forties and fifties is that you may have been fortunate enough to have gone a lot of places …